#LCSM Chat topic 7/28: Happy birthday #LCSM–3 and thriving!
Please join the #LCSM Chat on Thursday, July 28, at 8 pm Eastern Time (5 pm Pacific) to celebrate our third birthday. We made it out of the “terrible twos” stronger than ever!
First, a little history….the #LCSM hashtag was originally used by @subatomicdoc (Matt Katz, MD) to represent Lung Cancer Social Media on June 22, 2013. The first-ever #LCSM Chat occurred on July 25, 2013. Seventy-two patients, advocates, caregivers, family members, educators, healthcare providers, and researchers participated. The first #LCSM Chat topic question was “It’s our community. What do you hope to get out of #lcsm chat?” The answers were diverse and wide-ranging, reflecting the interests of a broad-based lung cancer community. Most importantly, this platform was a revelation—no other forum allowed all stakeholders in the lung cancer community to communicate directly with each other.
Since that time #LCSM has come a long way. Last year, the #LCSM hashtag was used in over 73,000 tweets from 11,000 participants and generated over 258,000,000 impressions! Topics included such wide ranging and important subjects as “Sharing your story: talking points for lung cancer advocates”, “What does the lung cancer community expect from the new cancer moonshot program?”, “Doctor shopping in the age of social media”, and “Cancersplaining: navigating tough moments”. We have had a Google Hangout on Air, medical conference preps, joint chats with other cancer stakeholders, and even an “open mic” night to hear about what is important to all of you. Throughout all of this, our mission has remained the same: to use social media in an innovative manner to educate, develop public support, end the stigma, and facilitate successful treatments for the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide.
Members of the #LCSM Chat Founders shared their thoughts on reaching this milestone:
Lung Cancer Caregiver Laronica Conway (#LCSM Chat co-founder):
“Happy 3rd birthday #LCSM! It makes me so happy to see so many people reach out to #LCSM for assistance when they need guidance, support or just want to share information. I had no idea how big of a role #LCSM would play in the lung cancer community, but I am so grateful to be a part of it.”
Thoracic oncologist H Jack West, MD (#LCSM Chat co-founder):
“#LCSM has come such a long way over 3 years! Happy birthday to a community that has galvanized people touched by lung cancer, ranging from patients to advocates and caregivers to physicians and other health care professionals, all over the world.”
Thoracic surgeon David Cooke, MD (#LCSM Chat co-founder):
“It’s been wonderful being involved with the #LCSM movement the past 3 years. I am proud of its growth, and how it is bringing much needed awareness of lung cancer and the individuals who are affected by this terrible disease.”
Lung Cancer Caregiver Deana Hendrickson (#LCSM Chat co-founder):
“Three years ago, there wasn’t much about lung cancer on Twitter. Three years later, #LCSM is a welcoming virtual meeting place for every facet of the lung cancer community. #LCSM provides the support, fellowship, science, collaboration and sense of unified community that was so sorely lacking. So far, so good. Now, let’s work even harder to make it better!”
Lung Cancer Patient Janet Freeman-Daily (#LCSM Chat co-founder):
“I love how #LCSM enables communication across all groups within the lung cancer community. This community continues to expand understanding of the disease and its impact, disseminate new research, and build collaborations – all are needed to defeat lung cancer.”
To celebrate our third birthday, Moderator @BrendonStilesMD will lead the #LCSM Chat in discussion of the following topics:
- T1: How has #LCSM affected your understanding of #LungCancer?
- T2: What were the most important news/events that happened regarding #LungCancer in the last year and how did #LCSM help to address those?
- T3: How could #LCSM expand its role next year to increase #LungCancer awareness, advocacy, and research funding?
- T4: Should #LCSM partner with other groups or social media stakeholders for future #LCSM events? If so, who and how?
Please remember to include #LCSM in ALL your tweets so the other chat participants can see them. You can read a primer on participating in the chat here. Hope you’ll join us to celebrate the third birthday of Lung Cancer Social Media!